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Newman, Isadore; Hitchcock, John H.; Nastasi, Bonnie K. – Research in the Schools, 2017
Any attempt to influence behavior by sharing a research finding that makes a probabilistic statement (e.g., a p value) should necessarily entail consideration of how consumers of the information might interpret this information. Such consideration can be informed, at least in part, by applying phenomenological principles of inquiry. This does not…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Phenomenology, Stakeholders, Mixed Methods Research
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Martens, Heather; Bramlett, Ronald K.; Korrow, Kate – Research in the Schools, 2017
In this article, we describe how a consultation team explored their school district and their perceptions as well as what they did to initiate systems-change. This 2-year qualitative research study involved the use of a participant-observer approach to collect data via observations, interviews, and historical analysis. The consultation teams'…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Qualitative Research, Participant Observation
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Franco, M. Suzanne; Patel, Nimisha H. – Research in the Schools, 2017
High school students' perceptions and experiences regarding student engagement were investigated using 32 focus group sessions across 4 different types of STEM education settings in 2 metropolitan areas in the Midwest. Students' understandings and experiences related to student engagement were reflected via 5 categories: students' thinking of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, STEM Education, Mixed Methods Research, Focus Groups
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Coggins, Joanne V.; Kim, Jwa K.; Briggs, Laura C. – Research in the Schools, 2017
The Gates-MacGinitie Reading Comprehension Test, fourth edition (GMRT-4) and the ACT Reading Tests (ACT-R) were administered to 423 high school students in order to explore the similarities and dissimilarities of data produced through classical test theory (CTT) and item response theory (IRT) analysis. Despite the many advantages of IRT…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Test Theory, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests
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Hardin, James; Wright, Vivian H. – Research in the Schools, 2017
Institutions of higher education face demands to provide evidence of institutional and student achievement. Many institutions utilize standards-based e-portfolio assessment practices to meet these demands. The assessment data derived from the studied program's e-portfolio process were not originally intended to serve as a data source for…
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Mixed Methods Research, Instructional Leadership, Academic Achievement
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Hughes, Joan E.; Ko, Yujung; Boklage, Audrey – Research in the Schools, 2017
Few studies of iPad-supported teaching have been set in secondary school STEM contexts, and there is limited examination of teacher practice. This study examined how STEM teachers' pedagogical practices took shape when participating in a secondary-level innovation to use iPads to support critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications
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Newman, Isadore – Research in the Schools, 2016
This article presents 6 overarching themes that will facilitate the researcher in thinking through the process of preparing, developing, and submitting a scholarly article for publication. Beginning with the importance of publishing to advance in one's career and to inform the field of scholarship, the author then discusses how to organize and to…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Scholarship, Journal Articles, Credibility
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Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J. – Research in the Schools, 2016
In the last few years, I have been presenting workshops on publishing (among other topics) in many countries across 6 continents. And presenting these workshops in various countries has allowed me to learn the policies and practices of editors of journals representing numerous countries, thereby helping me to broaden the framework for writing…
Descriptors: Journal Articles, Publishing Industry, Writing for Publication, Guides
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Johnson, David W.; Johnson, Roger T. – Research in the Schools, 2016
There are no easy guidelines to follow in submitting articles to journals, but based on our perspective and experience, we do have a few suggestions. Conduct research that tests a well-formulated, strategic, powerful, and profound theory and contains enough data to compute an effect size. Create a body of knowledge by conducting a series of…
Descriptors: Publishing Industry, Journal Articles, Periodicals, Research
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Thompson, Bruce – Research in the Schools, 2016
A list of important precepts to guide academic publishing is presented based on the author's experience as the author of numerous journal articles, the editor of 4 journals, and the author or editor of 11 books. These precepts cover the full array of the publication, from first conceptualizing a research project through promoting one's own work.…
Descriptors: Journal Articles, Textbooks, Writing for Publication, Authors
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Nastasi, Bonnie K. – Research in the Schools, 2016
As a consequence of engaging almost exclusively in collaborative research throughout my career, my publications are rarely single authored. The goals of this article are to share with readers my experiences related to publishing in general and to collaborative writing specifically, and to provide counsel and caveats based on these experiences. The…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Research Reports, Teamwork, Authors
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Slate, John R. – Research in the Schools, 2016
After having published more than 400 refereed journals in the past three decades, I have learned from my mistakes in writing and in submitting manuscripts for review. As such, in this article, aspiring writers are provided with suggestions that they may find helpful in improving their ability to get their research manuscripts published in…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Journal Articles, Research Reports, Scholarship
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Xu, Yuejin – Research in the Schools, 2016
In this study, we examined the relationship between teachers' attitudes towards professional development and school performance in the state accountability system using the 2013 Kentucky Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) survey data and the 2013 school accountability profile data from the Kentucky Department of Education. We were…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Accountability, Academic Achievement
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Wheat, Celeste A.; Hill, Lilian H. – Research in the Schools, 2016
To understand the complex factors that influence women's experiences in senior administrative roles in higher education, the purpose of this study was to give voice to how they made meaning of their leadership experiences. We employed a qualitative design in which a criterion-based sample of 14 women senior administrators (i.e., dean, vice…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Females, College Administration, College Presidents
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Polly, Drew – Research in the Schools, 2016
Researchers have linked teachers' use of mathematical tasks and questions to students' achievement in mathematics, and also have documented that the types of tasks and questions posed might change throughout the year in grades that include high-stakes tests of student achievement. This qualitative research study explored 3 elementary school…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement
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